Lent, Day 5: Sunday, February 14, 2016

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Go, oo, oo, good morning, Ch, ch, ch, church! Oh my, is it cold!! I pray that your house furnaces are all working fine this bitterly cold morning. And, to think that it is Valentines Day–the warmest love day of the year. Now, there’s a bit of irony in there somewhere, I think. On mornings like this, my somewhat bizarre sense of humor kicks in. I just realized that if humanity achieved earthly nirvana by everyone holding hands and forming a human circle around “mother earth,” 2/3 of everyone would drown. OK, time out! I apologize; and I really need to focus on why we are here this morning, even if it is the coldest day of the year. We’re here to celebrate the One who gave His life and lives forevermore so that we can deal realistically with our human frailty and “dustness” with the assured hope that this earthly life is not all there is; and that we who believe will experience an eternal, perfect place where there is no more crying, pain, tears, death; and dare I say, cold! This morning’s Bible readings are: Psalm 63, 98; Daniel 9:3-10; Hebrews 2:10-18; John 12:44-50. This morning’s Lenten prayer is: “Lord God, You who breathed the spirit of life within me. Draw out of me the light and life You created. Help me to find my way back to You. Help me to use my life to reflect Your glory and to serve others as Your Son, Jesus, did. In His incredible and life-giving name, I pray. Amen and Amen.” Stay safe and warm; thanks for journeying; blessings to all–PT.

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